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Inspiration from TIAW

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Sunday, July 13, 2014

It is often difficult as a woman to develop the competence and confidence to get things done through others, to tell our story, and to become fearless.  At TIAW’s annual Global Forum (the next one will be held in October, 2015), you will be inspired by women from around the world who have accomplished those very things. Read the stories of the women honored March 27, 2014 as the latest class of 100 “World of Difference” awardees.  They join nearly 300 others that TIAW has recognized over the years.

TIAW also recognizes one woman each year for her legacy to women through our Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ten women have received this remarkable honor, and through these extraordinary women TIAW has built alliances and expanded networks that continue to make a difference in the lives of women worldwide.

Building leadership capacity is a continuing focus for TIAW in 2014.  You will be seeing expansions of our Entrepreneurship and Women’s Leadership Network programs for this purpose.  We will continue our funding of village banks through our Micro Credit program. 2013 was a record year for donations, so we look forward to doing more than ever in 2014.   

To see leaders in action, get in touch with the Global Ambassador in your geographic region.  Fifteen months in the making, TIAW now has 30 women from all over the world who are there just for you.  If you’d like to meet the ambassador in your region, please email Global_Ambassadors@tiaw.org  Our ambassadors each have an inspiring story of their own to share with you, and you may consider them to be your personal portal to the TIAW network.

Every successful woman inspires other women.  Thank you for inspiring me. 

Lisa Kaiser Hickey            

Tags:  economic empowerment for women  empowerment for women  EntrepreneurshipWomen Leadership  Global Ambassadors  Lifetime Achievement Award  Micro Credit  TIAW Daughters e- Mentoring Program  women business development  women entrepreneurs  women entrepreneurship  Women in Business  Women’s Leadership Network 

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The Economic Case for Social Responsibility

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Monday, June 16, 2014

I remember with fondness a dear friend who often said “what goes around comes around”, usually in response to something smart that I’d said to him, and his words always provoked a laugh because I knew he’d eventually exact revenge.  I think his words aptly address the nature of our actions:  when we do that which is good, it comes back to us and usually in greater volume than the original act, and unfortunately the reverse is also true.

Many public organizations, including the United Nations, describe social responsibility as the “Triple Bottom Line” of people, planet and profits.  In other words, businesses take responsibility for the impact that their actions or products exact on the environment (planet) or their community of stakeholders (people) while maintaining their ability to be a sustainable organization (profitable).  Social responsibility is always tied to ethics, or how a business operates with regard to the prescriptive of law and in the absence of it (e.g. when social values are at issue).  I believe there is a perfect correlation between socially responsible companies and economically viable companies.

Milton Friedman wrote in 1970 that “there is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits…” Although I admire and respect Friedman’s work, this was a point with which I simply could not agree. So, I conducted my own poll on Facebook, and was not surprised that 100% of the respondents disagreed with Friedman.  I do not have their reasons for disagreement, but I can give you mine.  Consider the view of Peter Drucker, who argued that businesses do not exist to maximize profits but to minimize costs, “costs of doing business and costs of staying in business; costs of labor and raw materials, and costs of capital; costs of today’s jobs and costs of tomorrow’s job and tomorrow’s pensions”.  Just as surely as we invest in raw materials and pay wages to create products, we also invest in our people and their well-being and by extension we invest in the sustainability of our communities. This is just good business.  I like the way that the founder and CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, expressed this thought when he said “It is the function of company leadership to develop solutions that continually work for the common good.”

Advancing social responsibility can change the world.  The Micro Credit Program of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) has followed the Grameen Foundation idealogy by funding Village Banks all over the world.  The women who have received micro loans through these banks have a reported 98% repayment rate. Their economic empowerment is contributing to economic expansion in their villages.  Women who learn and earn are less likely to live in poverty.  

There are very clear benefits of social responsibility to the business.  For one, it is differentiating and can even result in preference by customers given equal prices or products from competitors.  For another, it leads to an internal good will among employees that frequently ripples externally as these employees model similar behavior.  It also builds a culture that is justifiably proud and recognized as doing the right thing.

Leaders, your path is clear.  Do that which is in the common good, and it will come back to you.

Lisa Kaiser Hickey

Tags:  business ethics  Developing the Leader Within You  economic empowerment for women  effective leadership  empowerment for women  entrepreneurial success  social good of leadership  social responsibility  social responsibility of business  women entrepreneurs  women entrepreneurship  Women Leadership 

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The Leader Within

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Although women represent about half of the world’s talent, our talents are not enlisted in equal numbers. Our challenge is to build our own capacity for leadership, put ourselves forth as capable candidates for leadership, and educate the organizations seeking leaders to connect with us as a viable talent pool.

 

At TIAW, our Women’s Leadership Network is bringing forth some excellent tools to help you develop and market your leadership potential. 

 

First, you can work on building capacity through TIAW’s partner project, the Global Women’s Leadership Summit, which is expected to be the world’s largest forum for professional women in the world.  GWALS is a collaboration of the world’s pre-eminent leaders to forward the advancement of women on a global scale. 

 

Ready for the next step?  TIAW makes it easy with live links on our web site to become qualified as a Global Board Ready Woman. Once qualified, you can enroll for free in AESC’s BlueSteps program, which helps you craft your resume and market your skills for the job or position you seek.  

 

Finally, learn what is happening around the world in leadership.  TIAW membership brings you free subscriptions to Dialogue, a global publication for CEOs.  We also bring you the benefit of an annual subscription to the international version of Enterprising Women.  Just open your email and enjoy!

 

Own the challenge to achieve your potential.  We know you can!



Lisa Kaiser Hickey

President, TIAW

Tags:  Developing the Leader Within You  econeconomic empowerment for women  effective leadership  empowerment for women  Leadership  natural leaders  women entrepreneurs  women entrepreneurship  Women Leadership 

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Life Learnings

Posted By TIAW Administrator, Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I often reflect on the wisdom imparted to me during my adolescent years and recently decided that there were two really important maxims that my dad certainly lived by and find that I now live by:

                “Never, never give up”

                “ALWAYS do your best”

Along the way I developed my own list of things that I found to be important and valuable, both to me and to others.  It is often difficult as a woman to develop the competence and confidence to get things done through others, to tell our story, and to become fearless.  I shared them with my daughter as she took over as the president of my company when I retired, and I’d like to share them with you.

  • Be connected, and connect others
  • Be confident, never worried that failure might happen.  It will.
  •  Be courageous
  • Be cordial; everyone likes to feel better by having spoken with you
  • Be compassionate; caring about others returns 100-fold
  • Be clear.  As the late Dr. Stephen Covey said, “seek first to understand, then to be understood”
  • Be creative; it always conquers the impossible
  • Be convicted; let people know what you stand for and never give in to what you don’t
  • Be consistent.  Nothing is as fair as consistency or as predictable as its results.
  • Be constant.  There’s no off-duty for servant leaders.

Remember that ‘doing’ is always easy; it is ‘being’ that takes great care and steady development.

Building leadership capacity is a large part of what we help you do in TIAW.  Take the opportunity now to qualify as globally board-ready and join the GBRW LinkedIn group.  From there, all you have to do is ‘be’ the leader you are.

 

Lisa Kaiser Hickey

President, TIAW

Tags:  confidence in women  empowerment for women  life lessons  women leadership 

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The International Alliance for Women is organized as a 501(c)3 foundation in the USA. We are a global community of economically empowered women across all continents that welcome you to our members’ cities and countries, connecting you with their networks of business and community professionals.

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The International Alliance for Women connects leading women’s organizations worldwide to leverage their reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

Through our Global Programs we seek to make a difference in the world for those women who are not empowered economically.